Whether you're wearing them ironically or not, ugly Christmas sweaters have become a staple of the holiday season. You can look all over Instagram to find various celebs donning them in their selfies, and you're sure to get at least one invitation to an ugly Christmas sweater party this season.
In addition to the ugly sweater theme, some parties also hold contests to find the ugliest sweaters imaginable, so you may be required to pull out all the stops if you plan to win. In order to help you win that coveted gift basket of nearly expired peppermint hot chocolate mix and candy, we've searched far and wide to bring you a list of places where you can find ugly sweaters this holiday season!
1. Hudson's Bay (Cost: $24.00-$80.00)
Hudson's Bay has improved their ugly sweater selection for 2018, and they've added quite a view affordable styles from brands such as TopShop, TopMan, and Only and Sons. Some of the best sweaters from The Bay this year are from American Stitch. Starting from $42.00 ($60.00 regularly), you can pick up stand-out pieces like a string-light sweater featuring pom-poms, or this truly unique Christmas tree hoodie. If you're a sports fan, you can show your support (or dislike) for various teams with a sports-themed ugly sweater from Klew, starting from $74.99.
2. Urban Planet (Cost: $5.00 - $80.00)
Urban Planet has an entire online shop dedicated to holiday wear, with items starting from as low as $5.00. If you're looking for sweaters, most are in the $20.00-$30.00 range and come in a variety of styles like the dabbing Santa sweater for women, or Bah Hum Pug sweater for men. If you're feeling really fancy, you head to your holiday parties in an Ugly Christmas Dress or an Ugly Christmas Suit.
3. Tipsy Elves (Cost: $59.00-$65.00)
Tipsy Elves exists just to sell ugly (and often inappropriate) holiday sweaters. Items like this Birthday Boy sweater have been featured frequently in magazines, blogs, or even spotted on celebrities. Most sweaters cost $59.00, and sell out well before the holidays, so you may want to shop early if you're looking to pick one up.
4. Forever 21 (Cost: $29.90 - $43.90)
Forever 21 is great option for those who are more concerned with looking cute rather than with finding the ugliest sweaters around. Most holiday sweaters are around the $30.00 mark and feature cute graphics with stockings, polar bears, and more.
5. Party City (Cost: $22.99 - $34.99)
Most people need their ugly sweaters for parties, so why not head to a party supply store to pick one up? Party City offers a pretty good selection of sweaters -- some of which even light up -- that will be sure to at least get you an honourable mention during any ugly sweater contest.
6. Ardene (Cost: $24.90 - $44.90)
Ardene offers quite a few holiday sweater options for women that are mostly on the cute side with some styles featuring cats, reindeer, or other cute critters. Prices start at $24.90, and the retailer is known for frequently holding sales on their apparel, so there's a good chance you could score a deal.
7. H&M (Cost: $12.99 - $39.99)
This year, H&M has a good selection of holiday apparel for the entire family in their Holiday Shop, so men, women, and even kids can find both cute and ugly options available at prices starting from as low as $12.99.
8. Bluenotes (Cost: $24.99 - $39.99)
Once again this year, Bluenotes has dedicated pages on their website for both men's and women's holiday themed clothing. Not only can you pick up ugly sweaters, but you can find ugly socks, tees, PJs and hats to go with them. The sweaters themselves start at $24.99 and come in various cuts and designs.
9. Amazon (Cost: $10.00 & Up)
Given the nature of Amazon, it should come as no surprise that it has the most variance in price range. Depending on your budget, you can find just about anything for men or women on the site, whether it be an affordable and simple $10.00 "Sleighin' it" sweatshirt, or knits featuring your favourite superheroes, animals, and much more. If you do choose to order from Amazon, make sure to check where the item is shipping from as international orders might not get here in time for the holidays.
10. Dollarama DIY (Cost: $1.00 & Up)
If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, or you want to guarantee that you have the ugliest Christmas sweater humanly possible, just make one yourself! Dollar stores such as Dollarama are stocked full of holiday craft items this time of year. Just take an old shirt or sweater you no longer wear and pick up some pom poms, ribbons, bows and glitter and go wild! Feel free to menacingly laugh as you're crafting together your hideous masterpiece and enjoy the priceless looks of horror you're bound to get once you step outside wearing it.
Have you, or will you be attending an event this holiday season that requires an ugly sweater? What are your go-to stores to find sweaters? Let us know in the comments!